Charles Jackson recalls serving with the Union army

One day a whole lot of Yanks came trooping up to our place…. They were out foraging, and as the white portion of the household vanished as soon as the alarm came in that the dreaded Yanks were at hand, we relieved the raiders of any necessity of taking anything by force, as we made all haste to present them freely with everything on the plantation that could be any use to them. Not only that, but the entire crowd – that is the men and boys – volunteered to help carry away the property, particularly the mules. There were eight or ten of us “boys,” and perhaps as many mules, and we all marched off together, happier than we ever had been in our lives…. We staid in and around Atlanta until the first part of November…. The contrabands kept along with the army, doing any kind of work we were asked to do, but receiving no pay….

Source: Carley, Kenneth. Minnesota and the Civil War: An Illustrated History (St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2000), 87.



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